It’s All in a Name!

Behind the Name 

“Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”
Colossians 3:17

I grew up in a relatively small city in Wyoming where my father built a very positive reputation and name in that community. Almost anywhere I went as a young boy people knew my father and would say, “Oh, you’re Earl’s son!” Many years later when I needed to see the bank about a business loan, my father’s name opened the door for me to secure the loan.

As a child of God, I stand under the authority of the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our King. Paul says that all things are placed under His authority and that we have been adopted as sons bearing His Name. As His son and heir I come in the name of our Father, a representative of the King of kings. That means that whatever I do, I must be aware that I am acting as His representative… in His Name.

That includes being a grandparent. The words I speak, the actions I take, the lifestyle I live, the people I serve as a follower of Christ bearing His Name are done under the authority and as representatives of Christ, our King. At CGN we speak of our mission as mobilizing grandparents for Christ who intentionally represent Christ to the next generations.

I pray that each of us will, not only desire to represent Christ, but to do so well with holy and blameless lives. When you come to Christ’s throne to intercede for your grandchildren, you do so under the authority and as representatives of the King, whose Name is above every other name. I’d say that matters more than we think. It is a Name that deserves our respect and honor.

GRANDPAUSE: “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me? says the Lord Almighty.”  Malachi 1:6

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